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California Medical Association drops opposition to assisted suicide
Sacramento Bee

Reversing a long-standing aversion to letting doctors assist in a patient’s intentional death, the California Medical Association has dropped its opposition to a California bill allowing terminally ill people to take their lives with prescribed drugs.

The shift immediately buoyed Senate Bill 128’s prospects. In past years the powerful doctors group has represented an immovable pillar of opposition to the notion of helping people hasten their deaths, arguing that it undermines their fundamental role as healers and violates their oath to avoid harming patients.